• Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek
    Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek

    Abberior Instruments has partnered with Lastek in Australia and New Zealand to offer the most complete experience for super resolution microscopy. Read more here.

  • Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera
    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera

    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 is the best performing SWIR camera in the world. Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details. Read more.

  • Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro
    Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro

    The new digital laser controller for TOPTICA’s tunable diode laser DL pro sets new benchmarks with regards to low noise and low drift levels.

    Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details.

  • High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources
    High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources

    Analyses multi-line or broadband spectra of cw and pulsed lasers, gas discharge lamps, and more.  Lastek currently have a demonstration system available for evaluation. Read more...

  • Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems
    Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems

    ALIO Designs and Manufacturers Proprietary Robotic Devices and Tools that Enable Precise Nano-Scale Movements for Manufacturing and Research & Development


April 2010 Lastek News Issue #84 out now

Hot Seat in a Cold Snap

The all-new April 2010 Lastek News Issue#84 is now out and available on-line here. Featured articles include: Hot Seat in a Cold Snap: The Untold Story of Lastek's secret role in Copenhagen; World's Most Powerful Laser: Continuum Inc announces teaming agreement with National Energetics to offer Petawatt Lasers; The Oculus Challenge; New Tools for Femtosecond Laser research; Laser safety round-up; TERS: Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy from Nanonics; and much more. Please feel free to contact us to be added to our mailing list for future issues.

Ames Photonics S-cube: The Versatile Imaging Spectrometer

Ames Photonics S-cube

The new Ames Photonics S-cube is a versatile, low-cost, imaging spectrometer which offers a level of performance flexibility previously available only in much more expensive systems. It is intended to fill a gap in the market between entry-level spectrometers with limited capability to adjust key parameters, and systems providing flexibility but at significant cost. The S-cube offers a middle way: a reasonably priced spectrometer with excellent performance and wide versatility in a compact, modular package.

Together with Ames Photonics range of LARRY and GARRY linear array detectors and other components, the S-cube provides the spectroscopist with a highly flexible modular platform, making it an ideal choice for every spectroscopy laboratory.

Based on a Folded Czerny-Turner layout, the system has been engineered from the ground up with the goal of allowing for quick and convenient interchange of components. Diffraction gratings, input slits and array detectors can all be replaced, allowing the S-cube to be easily and rapidly reconfigured for a very wide range of spectral measurements. Wavelength recalibration of the system after such configuration changes is achieved via a semi-automated routine employing onboard Hg/Ar and tungsten spectral calibration lamps.

The S-Cube is suitable for general spectroscopy, but it has been specifically optimised with laser spectroscopy in mind. High F/# and low coma ensure high resolution and low distortion of spectral lines. Further performance flexibility is provided by the ability to vary astigmatism across the wavelength spectrum.


  • Femtosecond laser spectroscopy (pump probe, CARS, photon echo
  • Versatile, modular research spectrometer for UV-VIS-NIR
  • Excellent platform for teaching spectroscopy and spectral calibration
  • Absorption and reflection measurements in VIS-NIR using onboard tungsten lamp coupled to optical fibre
  • Measuring emission spectra

For further details of features and specifications, please read on below, or contact us for more information.

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Thorlabs release new Adaptive Optics Kit

Thorlabs Wavefront sensor

Thorlabs have announced the release of new Adaptive Optics Kits. These kits provide out-of-the-box functionality for real-time, high-precision wavefront measurement and control, and include:

  • Deformable Mirror (Multi- or Mini-DM)
  • Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor (shown above)
  • All Imaging Optics and Associated Mounting Hardware
  • Fully Functional Stand-Alone Control Software for Immediate Control of the System
  • A Low-Level Support Library to Assist with Tailored Applications Authored by the End User

Thorlabs offers four Adaptive Optics Kit options, two that incorporate 140 actuator Multi-DM deformable mirrors and two that incorporate 32 actuator Mini-DM deformable mirrors. AOK1-UM01 and AOK2-UM01 contains a DM with a gold mirror coating, while AOK1-UP01 and AOK2-UP01 contain a DM with an aluminum mirror coating. When combined with the WFS150-5C wavefront sensor, these kits are designed for use in the 600 - 1100 nm range and the 400 - 1100 nm range, respectively. Regardless of the kit chosen, the three constituent components provide a closed-loop sample rate of 8 Hz when in the correction mode. Although the use of DMs in astronomy is well known, these miniature, precision wavefront control devices are also helping researchers to make breakthroughs in beam forming, microscopy, laser communication, and retinal imaging.

Nanonics MultiView: Simultaneous AFM-Raman Imaging and TERS

Nanonics Imaging pioneered the field of AFM-Raman/TERS (Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) with the MultiViewTM series. Its hallmark free optical axis allows for seamless integration with any Raman system, whether upright or inverted. Integration Packages are available for a variety of Raman manufactures including HORIBA Jobin Yvon. These state-of-the-art integrations mark the beginning of a new era in high-resolution Raman spectroscopy.

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LaVision Biotec Ultramicroscope

LaVision Biotec's Ultramicroscope represents an entirely new class of imaging system, created by combining pioneering ideas from the last century with today's technical concepts. It offers exceptional new opportunities for:

· Whole brain imaging at cellular resolution
· 3D high speed imaging without bleaching
· High throughput phenotype screening

With LaVision BioTec’s Ultramicroscope, you can handle samples even a centimeter in size, yet with sub-cellular resolution. Based on a technique originally developed for particle analysis in 1903*, it has been refined this century for optical sectioning of large biological samples.

LaVision BioTec’s Ultramicroscope utilizes a thin sheet of light to excite biological samples while the fluorescence light is detected with a CCD-equipped microscope perpendicularly to the illuminated area. By moving the sample through the sheet and taking pictures at each depth, one generates a 3D image at cellular resolution in whole organs, using fluorescent proteins, fluorescent dyes or autofluorescence!

To date juvenile mouse brain, complete mouse embryos as well as whole fruit flies have been successfully analyzed. A few articles have yet been published based on sheet illumination of biological samples, so the field is open! Whether you want to chart neuronal networks, characterize phenotypes, study vascularization, or something else as yet untested, this is the emerging technology for you!

The Ultramicroscope can be customized to your application! Please ask for: high speed cameras, incubation chambers for in vivo work and high resolution optics.


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